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Wednesday July 31st, 2019

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James Charles Murphy

James Charles Murphy,

After a long battle with diabetes, James Charles Murphy returned home on the wings of an angel. He was loved, honored, respected by all who knew him, especially his wife, and daughters. A great man left this world today, and he will be greatly missed.

James Charles Murphy otherwise known as “Murphy”, was born on February 4, 1952, in Baltimore, Maryland. He was born to his mother Katherine Driscilla Heck and later adopted by Franklin Charles Murphy. James', father was in the Air Force and moved their family to Europe. James, spent all of his teenage years and youth in England, France, and later, Germany. He graduated high school from Kaiserslautern American High school in Germany. Following his father, he later joined the Air Force and served in the Vietnam War.

James, had many jobs throughout his life. He worked construction, acted, and worked for Clearfield Job Corp, the job that, because of the students, he loved most. He held the job for fifteen years and served as a Senior Residential Advisor and Res 10.

James, started an acting company called the “Old West Players” with Neal Wheeler, Jaron Harbrecht, Max Weiss, Fenton Quinn, and Greg Watts. This group put on shows, won talent shows, and entertained many with their stunts and cowboy antics.

On January 1, 2004, in a 1870 Old West ceremony. James married Shirley Mulford Murphy. They were later solemnized in the Ogden Temple. James was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ if Latter-day Saints and held many important roles in the church. He is survived by his wife, Shirley Murphy, brother John Derickson, sister Kathy Styles, daughters Tina Marie Adams, Kathleen Adele Murphy, and nephew Jeffery Allen Watts. James had four grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Grave side service will commence at a later date. A Scottish wake will be held in his honor on July 31, 2019, at the home of Steve & Yvonne Rankin. Close family, and friends will celebrate his life and honor a great man.

I thought of you today, but that is nothing new,

I thought about you yesterday and days before that too.

I think of you in silence, I often speak your name.

All I have are memories and your picture in a frame.

Your memory is a keepsake from which I'll never part.

God has you in His arms, I have you in my heart.

Family wishes to thank the Ogden Wound Care for their care of James, and Rocky Mountain Rehab Care for their constant care and support to the end of his life.


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I have been without your love for two years now. I have missed our daily talks, dances, and being in one and other arms. I miss you my darling and hope you have found peace. You are the reason I keep going so that someday I will be by your side again. Love your throughout eternity.

Your loving wife, Shirley

Shirley Mar 8 2021 12:00 AM

I loved you from the first moment I saw you. You have been the light, love, and the reason I kept on living. I will always love you and cherish every moment we spent together. . I have only memories of you now. But someday we will be forever for eternity. You are missed, my darling please be close to me for the rest of my life and watch over me and be close to me for I need the comfort of your love.

Shirley Murphy Oct 8 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of James Murphy

Claude Nelson Aug 8 2019 12:00 AM

Bro ... you are missed more than you could ever imagine! I am only comforted by knowing that you have left all your earthly pain behind and are now in the presence of purified love. I only wish that I could ease the pain that Shirley is now experiencing, but I know that you will touch her heart and soul and that one of these days the two of you will be reunited. Love you Jim! I could never of had and better brother. Say "Hi" to Mom and Dad .....

John Derickson Aug 3 2019 12:00 AM

I have lost a very dear friend, physically, but you my friend will always be in my heart. I will miss your smile and the laughter in your eyes and that wonderful greeting whenever I called, "Howdy Rowdy". I've asked my family and friends in heaven to greet and introduce themselves to you for you will always be a part of my family. I will miss you but we will meet again my friend in God's time.

Max Weiss Jul 31 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of James Murphy

Heather Moesges RN WCC Jul 29 2019 12:00 AM

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Friends and Family Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM